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There are few things that GTO enjoys more than a good rant. Check out this post from Mike the Mad Biologist arguing that the human microbiome initiative "is being driven by the wrong group of scientists." He says the project should be directed by biologists with a medical bent, rather than being led by the major genome centers. Mike adds that a number of concerns -- complexity of the chosen system, lack of reference genomes, and more -- mean that the microbiome initiative is at risk of winding up with insufficient, fragmentary data.


The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.